• Impressionist and Modern Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2828

    Impressionist and Modern Art

    17 November 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 68

    Frits van den Berghe (1883-1939)

    Le Jardin givré: the cold garden

    Price Realised  


    Frits van den Berghe (1883-1939)
    Le Jardin givré: the cold garden
    signed 'FritzvdBerghe' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    74 x 113 cm.
    Painted in 1915.

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    Frits van den Berghe lived in Amsterdam during the first World War, where he stayed in Hotel Philadelphia at the Leidsekade. Langui states about the present lot : "The artist worked mainly indoors: from his window he saw the seasons come and go over Amsterdam's canals. (..) A masterpiece such as The Cold Garden brings together wonderfully well all that the artist had gained in knowledge, skill, and feeling. The almost monochrome colouring, the high horizon, the hazy atmosphere, and the mystery of the slumbering life it depicts give this landscape something oriental." (E. Langui, op.cit, 1968, p. 60)

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    Mr. René de Clercq, Bussum.
    Mr. Emmanuel-Robert De Vos, Amsterdam.
    Mrs. Hélène De Vos, Antwerp/Brussels.
    Mr. Gérard Moneyn, Brussels.
    Anonymous sale, Campo, Antwerp, April 1966, lot 172, where acquired by the father of the present owner.


    N.H. Wolf, De Kunst, Amsterdam, 13 May 1916.
    Emile Langui, Frits van den Berghe 1883-1939, Brussels 1966, cat.no. 46, ill..
    Emile Langui, Frits van den Berghe, the man and his work, Antwerp 1968, cat. no. 46, p. 302, p. 60, p. 18, ill.
    Anonymous, Die Kunst und das schöne Heim, München, September 1969, no. 9, p. 408, ill..
    P. Boyens, Art Flamand du Symbolisme à l'Expressionnisme à Laethem-Saint-Martin, Tielt 1992/1998, ill.no. 119, p. 388.
    P. Boyens, Frits Van den Berghe, Antwerp 1999, cat.no. 106, p. 368.


    Amsterdam, Zaal Heystee-Smit & Cie, Tentoonstelling van werken van de Belgische kunstschilders Gustaaf de Smet en Fritz van den Berghe, 8 May-22 May 1916, cat.no. 4.